Inspiring and stylistically confident, the Tara bathroom range from Dornbracht is an archetype with a lasting influence on fittings design – celebrating its 30th year with new finishes and variations, the range has lost none of its contemporary appeal…
The Tara range combines basic geometric shapes and timeless modernity – it is this design quality that makes it feel as if Tara has always been here, or equally, has only just been discovered. Inspired by the Bauhaus school, Dornbracht’s fitting has enjoyed a longevity as a result of its clear design personality. The clean, precise lines, the characteristic cross-handles, the slender, semi-circular spout – a minimalist yet elegant design that ensures understated luxury as it makes a statement that can stand on its own.
Introduced in 1992 and undergoing a much-vaunted design refinement in 2008, the Tara series has kept re-inventing itself in a variety of new and different contexts ever since, and continues to add a classic or progressive appeal to bathroom architectures throughout the world. With a wide range of products and a choice of available finishes, Tara opens up innumerable options and design preferences. The series is now available in three new finishes: in a warm Dark Chrome, as well as in gloss or brushed variants of the light gold Champagne finish.
The new edition of the lever variants is another special feature now offered for all washstand fittings. Tara’s perfectly balanced proportions, guided by the ideal of the ‘golden mean’, are retained, as is the 180° curve of the spout, that harmonises majestically with the control handle. The fitting is especially user-friendly as a single-lever mixer.
Two new handle variants are also available, with matt black painted handles and textured handles in all the finishes. Touching and using them promises to be a tactile experience. Additional new products, such as the free-standing single-hole basin mixer, or the three-hole mixer with a flat spout, once again emphasize the impressive versatility of the Tara design, in a series of unique depth.
But there is one thing that will never change: the archetypal form of Tara, that is modern, style-defining and inspiring, at all times. To make sure that this is properly appreciated, Dornbracht has devised a new architectural bathroom range with the characteristic Tara signature. The concept translates the minimalist design of the fitting into an architectonic gesture. By consistently focusing on basic geometric shapes and making efficient use of space, the new Tara architecture puts the focus firmly on the here and now.
The bathroom intentionally only contains essentials – a washstand and a rain shower, supplemented by a spacious bath and seating. Light lime plaster is used extensively. Its matt finish is warm to the touch and behaves differently, depending on how the light strikes it, bringing out the vibrancy of the material. Grooving on the floors and the washstand enhances the sensory experience, creating additional visual appeal. This is combined with wood and glass, as well as terracotta coloured textile notes.
This reduction to the essentials creates an unassuming atmosphere of clarity, which is particularly highlighted by the use of the new Dark Chrome finish. By transferring the design principles of the series to the architecture and thinking ahead, the new bathroom – like Tara itself – is fully in keeping with the Dornbracht claim, of developing ‘Leading Designs for Architecture’.
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